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Byline: The Register-Guard

NEWS & NOTES

OHV user sought for Trails Advisory Committee

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is seeking a volunteer to represent off-highway vehicle (OHV) users on the state's Recreational Trails Advisory Committee. The nine-member committee evaluates and ranks applications for federal Recreational Trails Program grants. The funds help government agencies and/or non-profit organizations acquire, build, restore and repair trails and trailhead facilities for both motorized and non-motorized use.

Volunteers on the committee normally attend one public meeting per year and participate in occasional workshops and tours. Applicants should contact OPRD grants program coordinator Michele Scalise at (503) 986-0708 for more details, or to obtain an interest form. The application deadline is Dec. 8.

Learn to be a 'Whale Watch Spoken Here' volunteer

Whale researchers Bruce Mate and Carrie Newell will serve as lead instructors for separate "Whale Watching Spoken Here" training sessions offered this winter by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Mate, of Oregon State University's Marine Mammal Program, will teach at the Dec. 2-3 session at OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Newell, a marine biology professor and author, will lead training events Feb. 10-11 at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston, and Feb. 24-25 at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Ilwaco, Wash.

Training participants will receive the latest information and findings on whale biology and natural history, as well as tips on interpretive techniques. Details about the training and application forms are included in a "Call for Volunteers" packet, available through www.whalespoken.org. Or, contact volunteer coordinator Morris Grover at (541) 765-3304 or at: morris.grover@state.or.us.

'ChiWalking' class introduces a better way to walk

The City of Eugene's recreation department is offering a free introductory class on the basics of ChiWalking, a technique that emphasizes good posture and a more-balanced walking form said to be less prone to injuries. The 90-minute introductory class - taught by Keith McConnell, a certified ChiWalking and ChiRunning Instructor - will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Campbell Center, 155 High St. Additional classes will be available for a fee. Details, registration: 682-5318.

Access & Habitat Program volunteers needed

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has openings for hunters and landowners on its statewide Access and Habitat Program Board, and on the program's seven regional advisory councils. The A&H Board has one opening for a hunter representative and there are 21 openings on regional advisory councils. All Oregon residents are eligible. Applications can be downloaded from: www.dfw.state.or.us/AH/get_involved.asp. Or call any ODFW office for details.

The Oregon Legislature created the A&H program in 1993 to encourage private landowners to improve wildlife habitat and increase hunting access to private lands through the financing of projects that accomplish these goals. Money for the grants comes from a $2 surcharge on hunting licenses and from annual auctions of special hunting tags. About $1.6 million is available during each two-year state budget cycle.

FISHING, HUNTING & WILDLIFE VIEWING

Oregon angling highlights

Coastal rivers and streams: Elk River has been producing fair catches of fall chinook; anglers can call Elk River Hatchery (541) 332-7025 to get the latest water conditions. (Best gauge height is 5 feet and dropping.) Chinook salmon angling should be fair to good between storm-related high-water events on the Siuslaw and Alsea rivers. Bobber and lure fishing in the main stem rivers has been more effective than trolling in tidewater. For current river levels and forecasts log on to www.nwrfc.noaa.gov and use the pull-down menus to navigate to the appropriate river and gauging station. Coho salmon angling on the North Umpqua River will be improving as more fish cross Winchester Dam.

Lakes: Flood control reservoirs in the southern Willamette Valley all have some nice rainbow trout available and should provide fair fishing, even if they are still a little off-color from recent rain run-off. The Florence-area lakes still should be producing some warm water species as well as trout. Tahkenitch and Siltcoos Lakes remain open for non-finclipped coho salmon.

Marine zone: Good spots for surfperch are around Horsfall Beach and Bullards Beach. Bottom fishing has been excellent recently when ocean conditions permit.

Hunting

Timely tips: While it's too late to apply for a reservation for the waterfowl hunts at Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, it is possible to participate on a standby basis. The reservation hunts are held Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays through Jan. 28 (except Christmas Day). The Dec. 23 hunt is reserved for youth waterfowl hunters only.

Blinds held for reservation hunt permit holders who have not checked in 90 minutes prior to shooting time are distributed by drawing to those in the standby line. Check in at the trailer located in the Nielson Road parking lot.

Wildlife viewing

Best bets: Great egrets are making a strong recovery from historic times when they were killed for their beautiful white plumes. These magnificent white beauties may be seen in shallow water areas in the Willamette Valley wildlife refuges as well as in wet areas of many agricultural fields.

- Compiled from ODFW and Register-Guard reports. Updates available at www.registerguard.com/news/outdoors_front.php.

CALENDAR

To submit events

Submit listings to: Outdoor Editor, P.O. Box 10188, Eugene OR 97440 or: mstahlberg@guardnet.com. Unless otherwise noted, events are free.

Bicycling

SATURDAY

GEARS: The road bicycling club plans 20-, 30- and 35-mile rides over Dillard Road. Faster riders leave Alton Baker Park at 10 a.m., slower riders at 10:30. Details: www.eugenegears.org.

SUNDAY

GEARS: A 35-mile ride to the Walterville area is planned. Faster riders leave Alton Baker Park at 10 a.m., slower riders at 10:30.

MONDAY

Eugene Bicycle Coaltion: Monthly meeting to discuss bike advocacy with Critical Mass cyclists. An upcoming workshop on bike parking/bike theft will be discussed. Meeting starts at 6 p.m. in first-floor conference room in the Eugene Public Works Building, 858 Pearl St.

Hiking

SATURDAY

The Obsidians: Marc Hansen will lead a 4.5-mile hike near Mount Pisgah to give an overview of the Wildish Company land being considered for public acquisition. Details, sign-up sheet at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

Paddle sports

TODAY

River House Outdoor Program: Kayak water polo drop-in session, 8 p.m. Echo Hollow Pool. Fee: $4. Kayak rentals available for $6 if arranged in advance. Details: 682-5329.

Walking

THURSDAY

Altair Ski and Sports Club: Easy 4-mile walk on Valley River bike path, leave 9 a.m. RSVP: 726-8154.

FRIDAY

Altair Ski and Sports Club: Moderate 5-mile walk through Hendricks Park, leave 9 a.m. RSVP: 726-8154.

SATURDAY

Mossbacks Volkssport Club: Bus trip to Woodburn for an easy 6.2-mile Volkswalk, 8 a.m., Willamalane, 215 W. C St., Springfield. Bus fee: $10. Registration, call 736-4544.

Altair Ski and Sports Club: Easy 4-mile walk on Valley River bike path, leave 9 a.m. RSVP: 343-7893.
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